Grey were coming off a comprehensive 73-18 win over Waterkloof and for the College boys there were no illusions on the contest that awaited them.
The game started at a frantic pace in the wet conditions that made handling very difficult. Grey scored very early on, a try that should never have stood after what was a clear knock on which was missed by the officials. This put College on the back foot and although they tried to put it out of the minds, after Grey scored their second try from a quick line out which had touched a member in the crowd, it seemed that it would be one of those afternoons where nothing was going to go their way. Grey countered attacked very well and were 25-0 up at half time.
After a good chat at half time the College boys came out in the second half and did what College boys know best, they fought hard and never backed down. After relentless pressure College were awarded a penalty which young fullback Matthew Willemse knocked over. College kept the pressure up and were unlucky not to score a try after a driving maul went over the line, the ref judging the ball to be held up.
The final score 30-3 to Grey. College must be commended for the guts and composure they showed to keep the score to 5-3 in the second half. A game that could have so easily been 10-16. Too many handling errors in the rain cost College dearly. College were defensively strong in the second half and they will take a number of positives from the game. Grey were deserved winners and I am certain that they will be top contenders amongst the cream of South African schools rugby teams this year.
There is no doubt that College will bounce back and produce some good results this season.